Beta Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Incorporated was chartered by ten trailblazing sorors in October 1924. The ten founding members were Victoria Snowden Bacote, Edith Pinn DeBruhl, Lillie Grinnage Harper, Delilah Williams Pierce, Eula Simms Trigg, Estelle Collins, Mildred Boyd Gray, Thelma Watson McKnight, Dorothy Cole Steward, and Henri Young.
Beta is the second chapter of the Sorority's Eastern Region and 120 National Chapters and the first chapter in Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Currently, Chapter President Wanda A. Fox leads a membership over 1oo strong.
Since its chartering, Beta Chapter has gained local recognition for its instituted programs and projects, such as its annual Teach-a-Rama workshops, which continues to assist DC Public School personnel in implementing school-wide instructional initiatives. Many of these activities have included innovative efforts like assisting and mentoring new teachers and administrators. While Beta Chapter continues to provide city-wide workshops and teacher staff development, some recent pieces of training have involved parents and students.
Annually, Beta adopts a school for the Reading Power Project. Members of the chapter spend time tutoring students, teaching demonstration lessons, sponsoring Book Clubs for students, conducting Read-a-Thons that give free books away, and providing a "Tools for School Program" where school supplies are donated to the students. The chapter is actively engaged in the Reading Grants program. Sorors write grants and are awarded monies that provide classroom assistance for projects in reading improvement, reading enrichment, and reading support between February and June.
In addition, Beta awards scholarships to local high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in education. The chapter continues to sponsor and support a Xinos Club (female) and Kudos Club (male). Their activities include leadership, community service, character development, social activities, and college prep. Students participate in essay, oratorial, and talent competitions. There is also a Step Competition at the yearly Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by different chapters.Throughout Beta's long and productive history, the chapter has been responsible for introducing ideas that have affected local and national educational policy practices.
Throughout its long and productive history, Beta Sorors have been a unifying force in fostering the spirit of sisterhood among teachers and promoting the highest ideals of the teaching profession. The chapter has been responsible for the introduction of ideas, which have affected local and national educational policy practices. The following are some highlights of Beta's history:
Listed among Beta's other contributions to the Metropolitan Area are: the honoring of eight outstanding citizens at Beta's 15th Anniversary Public Affairs Luncheon; providing assistance to the annual Tutor-Rama; giving monetary donations to the Duke Ellington School and the Cardozo Marching Band; and assisting with the awards program at Banneker Academic High School. Each year in October, Beta celebrates Charter Day to honor our ten Charter Members and any recent retirees. Recognition and awards are also presented to Beta members for numerous achievements.